Edgartown: Busy time at Felix Neck


I hope everyone enjoyed the long Memorial Day Weekend. The March to the Sea parade and ceremony on Friday ended up being a March to the Gym event, due to the weather. It was a lovely ceremony, commemorating fallen military members, but the beauty and sentimentality of the kids tossing their flowers into the harbor is so special. I miss it when the weather doesn’t cooperate.

I spent much of the rest of the weekend staying away from the public and traffic. It definitely was busy around these parts, regardless of the weather. Traffic was heavy, and the bike paths were fuller than usual. And I heard through the grapevine that town was busy and bustling with people. It’s a nice, short segue to break us into the summer season. Now we have a few days of relative normalcy each week, followed by busy weekends, until the Fourth of July.

Felix Neck is happy to share news of their new Access-Able program on Thursdays, June 1 and 15, July 6 and 20, August 3 and 17, and Sept. 7 and 21 from 3 until 4 pm. This program is free with sanctuary admission and provides an opportunity to explore Felix Neck for those with limited mobility. Led by sanctuary staff on a golf cart, this one-hour guided tour will highlight the property’s woodlands, marshes, and beach habitats. Registration is required, and groups are limited to three people. Pickup in the Felix Neck parking lot is available upon request; participants must be able to get on and off of the golf cart without assistance from sanctuary staff.

Felix Neck is offering other events soon. First is “Examining the Evidence: A Climate Change Walk & Talk” on Saturdays, June 3, July 1, August 5, and Sept. 2 from 10 until 11 am. This guided hike will take participants across the sanctuary to see areas that have been impacted by climate and weather events. Hikers will look at two ongoing projects that aim to address the changes that are occurring: the “living shoreline” and a salt marsh elevation study. The cost is $6 for members and $9 for nonmembers.

You can also celebrate World Oceans Day with a Felix Neck naturalist aboard the Skipper on Thursday, June 8, from 5 until 7 pm. This year’s theme is “Our Oceans, Our Future,” and you will explore the waters of Vineyard Sound to learn about our local marine environment and meet the amazing creatures that call it home. Registration is required, and the cost is $35 for members and $45 for nonmembers.

Happy birthday wishes go out this week to Melissa Aldeborgh and Steve Pogue on May 28, and Molly Hargy, Bob Brown, and John McCarron on May 31.

Big happy birthday wishes go out to Susan Sellers, who celebrates on June 6. From the message I received, I think it may be a very important and significant birthday, so if you see her, make sure you wish her a very special day.

Here’s a quick reminder that on Tuesday, June 6, at 7 pm, Tom Dresser will be giving another book talk at the Anchors/Edgartown Council on Aging about his new book, “Hidden History of Martha’s Vineyard.” It focuses on five main topics, including unusual Vineyard names, the backstory of prominent Vineyard buildings, the Underground Railroad on the Vineyard, shipwrecks off Vineyard shores, and Vineyard graveyards. He has a PowerPoint presentation of slides from the book, and will happily answer questions and hear comments.

It’s been a slow news week here, as everyone has left the starting gate for the busy season. Please feel free to share any upcoming events or functions with me so I can share them with our readers. I love to hear from you all. Have a great week.